Russia Angered At Ukraine Government Vote To Remove President After "I Won't Resign" Comments

Tyler Durden's picture


Remember that (laughable) agreement that was signed less than 24 hours ago and was grandly endorsed by all European nations, and which delineated the next legal presidential election sometime between September and December? Good times.

With 328 (of the 450 seats) voting in favor, the Ukraine parliament has agreed to removed President Viktor Yanukovych:


“Yanukovych, in an illegal manner, removed himself from his constitutional duties,” Turchynov says in chamber before vote. The Russians are not at all happy with Siluanov exclaiming these actions "pose a direct threat to Ukraine's sovereignty and constitutional order."


As Martin Armstrong warns:

I believe the nation will survive divided for there is far too much resentment to simply put this all behind and walk forward. Divide Ukraine along the historical language faultline and there is a chance to calm things down. Otherwise, this will flare up and take others with it.


My position is consistent – ALL governments are only a necessary evil. They should never be allowed to have such power over the people for it will also be abused to sustain that same power. It does not matter what form of government – they are all the same.


It would appear we are getting closer to a divided/split nation...



In the minds of so many western journalists, yesterday's "deal" to reform the constitution, hold new elections in 10 months or so, and generally all 'just get along' was a victory but this morning it is clear that very little has changed.


Late last night Ukraine time, President Yanukovych (and some of his key advisers) fled Kiev (amid so-called threats) and headed to the eastern part of the country. Then following rumors he would resign, he stated in a TV address that he would not and that pro-EU forces had staged a "coup d'etat". This has left a troubled nation with just as divided a future as protesters have taken back control of Kiev.

Russia is not happy; blaming extremists for threatening order.


The government has moved in his absence:


Putin will not be happy:

Russia's foreign minister on Saturday accused Ukraine's opposition of failing to fulfill its side of a peace deal intended to end the nation's political crisis and urged Western mediators to intervene.


Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called his German, French and Polish counterparts, who helped broker Friday's agreement between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition. Yanukovych agreed to hold early elections this fall and surrender much of his powers, but opposition supporters have kept pushing for his immediate dismissal.


The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov urged his counterparts to use their influence with the Ukrainian opposition, which he said "not only has failed to fulfill any of its obligations, but keeps making new demands under the influence of armed extremists and rioters."


Their actions "pose a direct threat to Ukraine's sovereignty and constitutional order," he said.





Via WSJ,

From Deal to Defection...


Government authority appeared to melt away Saturday, leaving protesters in control of the capital's center. President Viktor Yanukovych left the capital for a city in the country's Russian-speaking east and said he would work to prevent the country from splitting up.

In a television interview Saturday afternoon in Kharkiv, where Russian-speaking supporters had gathered, Mr. Yanukovych denounced the events in Kiev as a "coup d'etat" that he blamed on "bandits." He said he wasn't stepping down and vowed to remain inside the country. He said parliament's decisions today are "illegal" and that he would refuse to sign them. Asked about his plans, he said he will travel in the Russian-speaking south and east of the country, "where for the moment it's less dangerous."

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko earlier had called on parliament to vote to oust Mr. Yanukovych and announce presidential elections in May, as police withdrew from the center of the capital Saturday.

Ukraine opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was expected to be released from prison within hours, according to a spokeswoman for the opposition.

The army has said it will not get involved...



Opposition leaders signed a peace deal with Mr. Yanukovych Friday after dozens were killed in clashes between protesters and police. The deal proposed power sharing and presidential elections by the end of the year. But protesters weren't satisfied and called for his immediate ouster.


In Kiev on Saturday, volunteer security brigades from among the protesters took over security at government buildings, and journalists reported around 300 people had entered Mr. Yanukovych's opulent suburban residence without resistance.


Oleh Tyahnybok, an opposition leader, called on parliament to adopt a resolution calling on police and protesters' "self-defense" forces to work to prevent looting in Kiev and other cities.


Outside the Kiev headquarters of Ukraine's security service, plain-clothed men wearing earpieces stood at the street corners, eying those who passed. They wouldn't say who they worked for.




With truckloads of activists armed with baseball bats driving the streets of Kiev, the security service appeared to be taking no chances. In the interior lobby and parking lot of the building, fire hoses and fire extinguishers were piled in the corners.


The Interior Ministry said in a statement that "it serves only the Ukrainian people and fully shares the desire of citizens for immediate change." It called for cooperation from all sides to ensure public order.

A power vaccum has developed...

Opposition lawmakers in parliament called for calm amid concerns over a power vacuum, calling on state officials and religious and civic leaders to work together to ensure order.

Parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Rybak, a close ally of Mr. Yanukovych, handed in his resignation Saturday. Lawmakers elected opposition leader Olexander Turchinov to replace him. It wasn't immediately clear whether the opposition could muster sufficient support to vote Mr. Yanukovych out.

The European Union is prepared to offer Ukraine financial support, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said on Saturday.

"If there is a reform-minded government in Ukraine, we will work with the international community and international financial institutions to support Ukraine," Mr. Barroso told German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag."


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VD's picture

'the opposition' truly are neo-nazi; based on first-hand accounts on ground they are hunting people of certain religions and terrorizing all others who aren't with them...scary..

The.Harmless.Who's picture



Great post TahoeBilly!


You see?  Zionists = Fascists. 


Zionists prints all over any form of destruction the world over.  



TahoeBilly2012's picture

Funded by Soros, trained by the IDF....hey kinda like New Yawk City!

Never One Roach's picture

Dividing the Ukraine with support form barry is great precedent for Texas sucession ... wil make Perry very happy.


cossack55's picture

Send von Manstein to the Dneiper.

semperfidelis's picture

This is a major blow to Russia`s geopolitical standing. This is huge. Russia cannot aford ethnic conflict between Slavs (Russian or Ukrainian). Russia has fully lost Ukraine. Watch Belarus. Even if we don`t agree with them, Nuland played a good hand.

Winston Churchill's picture

You are a moron.

Putin is not going to react during the Sochi olympics.

The fact that the US has broken the standard 'truce' during them will not be

forgotten, or forgiven.

The Russians will react, how and where we will find out Monday probably.

There is a whole lot of miscalculation going on right now. Hubris does that.

Nuland vs. Putin +.Bantam vs. heavyweight.

The Black Bishop's picture


This game is far from over. And it is a game played with human pieces like so many times before. Russia will not accept EU/US so close to its borders. As an earlier article noted, Ukraine is eerily similar to how things went down in Syria (and Libya to some degree).

2014 will be 1914 all over again.

Smiley's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if he does like he did in Georgia and flattens a few cities to make a point.  I don't care how much you THINK you've won the day...a couple divisions of Soviet tanks rolling across the border will dampen even the most optimistic of outlooks.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

I don't know... Northern and western parts probably are not as important as southern and eastern parts.  The results of split could be something similar to Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

What I really wonder about is if a change of government would really improve people's lives.  From what I hear, corruptions were just as rampant when the other side was in power.  Also, mafia is a large presence in Ukraine.  This probably won't change even if different politicians are put in charge.

semperfidelis's picture

We see the Ukrainian revolution as a fight between Russia and the US, between the FSB and the CIA. The Ukrainians see it as a fight against rampant corruption and poverty. We are looking at different movies.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

and you are wholly discounting a very clear west/east divide.  The east and south Russian speaking areas want no part of what those in the West want - yes anticorruption, but some want to be part of the EU while the nationalists do not and indeed are wary of the IMF/World Bank ass fucking that is being prepared.

Nuland is a fluffer for NWO cock, not a chess player.

The Black Bishop's picture

And those who really believe the EU and US is less corrupt have a few lessons to learn.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yes, they get to see the B movie for children, while we get to see the A movie for grownups.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

That would be the best case scenario.  Czech and Slovakia were combined against a common foe.  This is not the case here.  The foe is one of the sides.  There will be nothing velvet about this.

Omegaman2211's picture

Government never improves people's lives. Ever.

StychoKiller's picture

"Govt is not reason, it is not eloquence.  IT IS FORCE!" -- George Washington

americanspirit's picture

Check the map of gas pipelines. There isn't a square kilometer of Ukraine that isn't vital to Russian 'strategic interests'. That's why when this is over - very soon - there won't be a square kilometer of the former Ukraine that doesn't have a Russian tank sitting squarely on it surrounded by Russian Special Forces. All areas within 10 Km of any pipeline will be declared 'no go' territory and intruders will be shot on sight. Any villages/farms/homes within the 10 kilometer zone will be evacuated forcibly. Any attempt to sabotage any pipeline will be met with on-the-spot execution. Putin knows he has to move fast and without mercy or this thing will get away from him - and he isn't going to let that happen. The EU toadies in Brussels will have been told in no uncertain terms that they can do all the public squeeling they want but if they actually make even the smallest move toward the Ukraine the gas will be shut off.

Of course salvation will arrive when Obama swiftly draws a red line, which will terrify the Russians and they will then withdraw peacefully. Crisis resolved.

The Black Bishop's picture

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

Red lines indeed! Your comment reminded me of this poem. Obummer/Nuttanyahoo/Merkel sending their thin red line into the russian killingfield.

general ambivalent's picture

It ain't over 'til the fat Merkel sings.

MrsMerkel's picture

Ja hallo.

The hilllllls are alive....

dontknowcrapabouteconomy's picture

Yes, the Russians speak a slavic language, however, their history is a bit more complicated. Calling this a "conflict between Slavs" is a bit naive.'_people


semperfidelis's picture

The original plan envisioned Victor Yanukovych’s appearance at the congress, the announcement of a new southeastern Ukrainian republic, and its separation from Ukraine. The guarantor of the security of the republic was to be Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was to officially support the new government and introduce a limited military contingent to protect the republic.

However, contrary to expectations, Vladimir Putin declined, in no uncertain terms, not only to provide military support but also to recognize the new state. After that demarche the enthusiasts of that project abandoned it and decided to declare their commitment to the integrity of Ukraine’s territorial boundaries. Yanukovych decided not to attend the congress.

At present the acting president’s team is looking for ways to leave the country. Thus far their main problem is the refusal of several states to grant they asylym.

What you call knife in the back?

Tracerfan's picture

The U.S. is very good at breaking things.  Iraq, Libya, Syria, now Ukraine.  And good at becoming a bankrupt overstretched empire. 

Martel's picture

Send von Manstein to the Dneiper.

If the Nordics, the Swiss etc. are up to it, von Manstein could be accompanied by SS Wiking. They fought relatively clean.

The Shootist's picture

Swiss? You mean Norway and Sweden. The Romanians surely were of little aid on the Eastern front.

El Tuco's picture

So what do you have against Jews protesting against evil? Are you saying Jews can't support a country where they probably have friends and relatives still?

Are you saying all Jews are Zionists?





buzzsaw99's picture

don't know why you got so many down votes. i hate joo bankers, billionaire globalist exploiters, moneychangers, more than anyone on this board but i have no problem with the average jew, xtian, or muzzie on the street. do hate mormons though. [/semi-sarcasm]

Zero Debt's picture

Evil? Come on, don't bring in the "moral ground" crap. And yes, almost all jews are zionists.

Alexi-Alexi's picture

I call BS on this article. Now, I dont have the details but common logic goes against it.


Odessa is full of Jews and if this was sponsored by Jewish money with Jews in charge the region would not be against what is happening. they could have influenced the people through jewish community easily! 

Frostfan1's picture

Unnamed soldiers unnamed tycoons and Iranian Press TV? That's your source????????? This isn't Israel's fight guys. Not every fight in the world starts in Jerusalem.

bigrooster's picture

Imagine that, Isreal has a hand in this...

The.Harmless.Who's picture


VD - you are correct. 


It is puzzling how this was not mentioned more often - that a large faction of the opposition are neo-nazi / fascist groups - and openly so.  


Fellow Zero-Hedgers who've read my posts fully know that I'm an anti-zionist, but I'd hate to see Ukraine fall victim to an outwardly  neo-nazi regime, as they are both destructive forces. 


Neo-Nazi are nothing more than muscle / a proxy / a carrier of destruction in the hands of Zionists and their bankster brothers. 





VD's picture

i'm hearing horror stories from insiders daily.

El Tuco's picture

Oh Yes tell us your horror stories! LOL...dumb shit...

Alexi-Alexi's picture

Look at the residence photos and videos from today and see why people were fighting the government.


as example :

VD's picture

yes because other presidentz have nothing save for their undying service for their populace LOL!

Volkodav's picture

Jay Leno has bigger spread than that...

how come never show Yulia the gas thief's stuff?

Or the ones running finance, dc or eu?

Oh! go to those and criminal tresspass and be shot..

rbg81's picture

Neo-Nazi are nothing more than muscle / a proxy / a carrier of destruction in the hands of Zionists and their bankster brothers.


Wow.  So the Neo-Nazis are really working for the Joooos too, eh?  

You really are a sick, twisted bastard, aren't you?

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Look, Nuland and Kagan and the neocons are perfectly willing to utilize neo nazis to achieve some goal or other, just as the US is very happy to use Al Qaeda in Syria and Libya while simultaneously fighting "Al Qaeda" in Anbar, Mali, Somalia, and elsewhere.

The neocons also likely had links to Salafist terror groups in Chechnya - the enemy of their enemy was their friend.

Not so strange as the Zionist founders of Israel were terrorist who deliberately targetted civilians in order to carry out the ethnic cleansing their worldview absolutely presupposed. 


Obviously no entire group of people does anything as a monolith - that is a bullshit reduction of a position, whether or not the position, fairly stated, enjoys any evidence.

If we say, "the Americans attacked Iraq" - it sure as fuck doesn't include me, or indeed 98% of us.  Language is sloppy.


 - I think, and take or leave the above as you want, but the concern is, once western ukraine is freed from the eeeee-vil Putin because, in part of the neo-nazis... who's gonna deal with them?  Not people who claim  {rightly} that the Bolsheviks were largely Jewish in leadership - actual neo nazis who hate and want to deport Jews?  Will NATO have to go in to deal with them?  The Ukrainian military may not be able to...




rbg81's picture

It doesn't make a lot of sense.  IMHO, what is happening in Ukraine now is Western payback for Putin's interference in Syri and opposition to gay rights.   While Israel may not have liked Assad, at least he brought some measure of stability and predictability to Syria.  That plus the Assad family handn't really fucked with Israel for decades.  My point is that Israel secretly supported the Russian effort to prop up Assad because he could be managed, while Al Qaeda cannot.  Only our idiot Government thinks Al Qaeda can be managed.  Israel is not as stupid--they no doubt learned from the disasterous experiment with Hamas in the Gaza.  Therefore they have no real beef with Putin.  It's alluring at some level to take the position that everyone is secretly working with their "enemy", but at some point it has to make sense.  This doesn't.

mofreedom's picture

I don't have a beef with Putin either.  Strength is not gay.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

sorry, have to disagree.  Israel's right wing absolutely wants to weaken and roll back Syria.  It wants to balkanize it.  it also wants to invade and annex Lebanon to the Litani river and finish the ethnic cleansing of the West Bank.... 

I dont know if you believe what you write, or if you're gate keeping - I tend to believe the former, but you might want to read up on the Oded Yinon line of plans - which includes the "clean break" paper really.

I'm quite certain many in the military prefer a stable syria - but the Netanyahu Greater Israel crowd wants as many muslims around them killing as many musims {and christians} as possible.  Likudnik Zionism is absolutely fascist and bloodthirsty.  This would be obvious if criticism of anyone/anything Jewish wasn't so {often needlessly and/or disingenuously} fraught with negotiating egg shells because of the insanely low threshold for calling some true statement X "hate" when applied to Jews/Israel when it would be all over the media if applied to Arabs/Muslims.


The following are very worth reading:


BandGap's picture

You did not just write that. Gay rights? You're kidding, right?


Zero Debt's picture

Ok, so what is worth more: gay "rights" or wheat, gas, and port access?

rbg81's picture

There are many in the US, both gay and straight, who appear to value gay rights over just about every other issue.  20 years ago, only a handful of gay people fell in this category.  No longer.  Now you nearly trip over them.  Most of them are single women.  Unfortunately, most of the men are reporters, politicians & diplomats from the US, EU, and UN.

Alexi-Alexi's picture

there is a difference between nationalists and neo-fasicts...those are nationalists...and they are NOT large. The whole of Ukraine was involved there are countless videos of people getting together. Zionist - funny word )